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wonder that filled the hearts of the bystanders and the rare joy of the girl's parents.

47In Sicily, a young man named Gerlandino, from Ragusa, went out with his parents to the vineyard at harvest-time. He crawled into a wine vat beneath the press to fill some skins. The wooden supports shifted, and the huge stones used to press the grape skinsa instantly struck his skull a deadly blow. The father hurried over to his son, but he could not help him; he left him under the weight where it had fallen. Other vineyard workers rushed to the scene when they heard the loud wail and cry. Pitying the pitiful father, they pulled his son from the ruin. They took the lifeless body aside and wrapped it, concerned only about his burial. But the father defiantly fell at the feet of Jesus Himself. He implored Him to give him back his only son through the merits of Saint Francis, whose feast day was coming soon. He groaned his prayers, he promised works of piety, and promised to visit the holy man's bones very soon. A little while later the boy's mother arrived and fell madly upon her dead son; her wailing moved the others also to wail. Then suddenly the boy stood up, told them to stop crying, and rejoiced that he had been brought back to life through the help of Saint Francis. All the people who had gathered raised their cries of praise on high, to the One who through His saint had freed the boy from the cords of death.

48He raised another dead person in Germany: the Lord Pope Gregory recounted this event in his apostolic letter on the occasion of the translation of blessed Francis.b Through it he informed and gladdened all the brothers who had gathered for the translation and the chapter. I did not write the account of this miracle because I did not know of it, believing that papal testimony is a proof that surpasses any other assertion.

Let us now go on to others whom he snatched from the jaws of death.

Chapter VIII

49A certain Roman nobleman named Rodolfo had a tower of considerable height, and, as is usual, had a guard in the tower. One night




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